Think about some of the biggest wrestlers and how their
names underwent transformations throughout the years: The Ringmaster gave way
to “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. Hunter Hearst Helmsley turned into Triple H. Bill
Goldberg started going by just his last name.
It’s not uncommon to see a company tweak a wrestler’s name
in an effort to better promote him or her. Sometimes it’s about how the name
sounds. Other times it’s about merchandise and branding. And other times… it’s
pretty damn hard to figure out why the promotion made a change.
Regardless, one trend we’ve seen unfold before our eyes in WWE
is wrestlers losing a name, either their first or last name, turning them into a
one-name wonder. In some cases, these changes were head-scratchers at first but
turned out to be great moves that better defined the wrestler, and now you
can’t imagine them going by their original moniker. In other cases, you have to
wonder what the higher-ups were thinking.
Let’s take a look as some of the more notable occasions
where a wrestler got his or her name shortened. Let’s get to it…
Scott is a former journalist and longtime wrestling fan who was smart enough to abandon WCW during the Monday Night Wars the same time as the Radicalz. He fortunately became a fan in time for WrestleMania III and came back as a fan after a long high school hiatus before WM XIV. Monday nights in the Carlson household are reserved for viewing Raw -- for better or worse.